Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across the city.
Construction workers removed the scaffolding as the mayor spoke, and de Blasio pledged to continue to remove the majority of sheds by next spring. Some 13,000 feet has already come down, with 30,000 feet set to be removed.
De Blasio said some of the scaffolding have been up for 10 years, even if construction is not being done at the complex.
"This is what a new era in NYCHA will look like, where residents are treated the right way, they get repairs, they get investments and safety and we move NYCHA forward."
NYPDChief of Housing Carlos Gomez said crime was up in July, but has since fallen 4 percent in NYCHA housing due to additional officers and resources.
Two attendees yelled out during the conference questioning if crime was really down, and calling for more housing security.